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Monday, December 11, 2017

1200px-LanXess-Logo.svgFollowing an excellent third quarter of 2017, specialty chemicals company LANXESS is still on course for the highest earnings in its history.

Global sales increased by 25.1 percent or EUR 483 million to EUR 2.4 billion. A year earlier, they amounted to EUR 1.9 billion. EBITDA pre exceptionals improved by 35 percent to EUR 347 million, compared with EUR 257 million in the prior-year quarter. The contributions from the acquired Chemtura businesses as well as higher volumes had a particularly positive effect. The EBITDA margin pre exceptionals in the third quarter of 2017 stood at 14.4 percent, which was considerably above the value of 13.4 percent reported in the prior-year period.

“LANXESS is in full swing. Our clear strategic focus on high-margin specialty chemicals is increasingly paying off, and in operational terms we are performing very well in our new setup. It is particularly pleasing that all regions and all our specialty chemicals segments are seeing considerable earnings growth,” said Matthias Zachert, Chairman of the LANXESS Board of Management.

Due to one-time exceptional charges, net income was EUR 55 million, after EUR 62 million in the prior-year quarter. These one-time effects resulted primarily from the consolidation of the production of lubricant precursors and the associated discontinuation of production at the Ankerweg site in Amsterdam (Netherlands). Net income pre exceptionals increased by 37.7 percent to EUR 106 million, compared with EUR 77 million in the prior-year quarter.

After the strong figures of the third quarter, the Group is refining its earnings forecast for 2017 and lifting the lower end of the range by EUR 25 million. LANXESS now expects EBITDA pre exceptionals of between EUR 1.25 billion and EUR 1.3 billion. This would be a record for the Cologne based company, as its highest operating result to date is the roughly EUR 1.2 billion achieved in 2012.

Continuous portfolio management

After the consolidation of production of chrome chemicals and lubricant precursors, LANXESS drives the announced optimization of its portfolio. The Group sold the non-core business with chlorine dioxide disinfectant solutions to the Canadian Superior Plus Corp. The chlorine dioxide business, with its headquarters in North Kingstown, USA, and around 40 employees, was part of the Clean & Disinfect division acquired from Chemours in August 2016.

Sales substantially higher year on year across all segments

Sales of the Advanced Intermediates segment in the third quarter of 2017 were EUR 479 million, 10 percent or EUR 44 million above the prior-year figure of EUR 435 million. EBITDA pre exceptionals increased by nearly 5 percent or EUR 4 million to EUR 87 million, compared with EUR 83 million a year earlier. Higher volumes in the Advanced Industrial Intermediates business unit had a particularly positive effect. The EBITDA margin pre exceptionals was 18.2 percent, against 19.1 percent in the previous year.

Sales in the new Specialty Additives segment climbed by a very significant 124 percent or EUR 265 million to EUR 478 million, compared with EUR 213 million in the previous year. EBITDA pre exceptionals amounted to EUR 77 million up EUR 42 million or 120 percent on the prior-year level of EUR 35 million. This substantial earnings increase was mainly due to the integration of the Chemtura additives business. The EBITDA margin pre exceptionals of 16.1 percent was slightly below the prior-year level of 16.4 percent.